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Friday 24 January 2020

Get The Look: Rainbow eyes

Rainbow eyes on the catwalk. Photo: Getty Images
Rainbow eyes on the catwalk. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

80s style make-up has hit the counters in a big way this summer and the trend for sorbet shades shows no signs of slowing, so we thought it might be time to have a closer look.

Pinks, greens, purples and blues made waves on the catwalks of Michael Kors and Derek Lam last spring. With a little confidence and a dash of colour rocking the rainbow trend is pretty easy.

If you're new to this one take note, the look isn't all perfect pastels and 80s disco as there is such a fine line between bright and garish.

In short, rainbow eyes are as much about mixing tones as they are about mixing colours.

So before you head off on a full-scale rainbow revival, take a few pointers from smoky eye trends and choose the tones wisely.

Getting rainbow eye shades right looks divine, getting it wrong will make you look like your heading out on a protest march.

As going too bold is easy with this, light and medium shadows will work well and reduce the margin for error.

Apply the lighter shadows from the lashline to the crease, apply the darker shades from the centre of the lid towards the crease. Using the darkest colour to line the lower eye will give this look a tilt that will really help eyes go pop.

On the small matter of colour keep the palette bright but light and definitely from the same colour family.

Crossing the colours does look great on the catwalks but a bit much for a trip to the local pub. Pinks such as Rimmel's Rose Quartz teamed with more defined shadows like Urban Decay's Hotpants will work well.

If you're going full-on rainbow eyes add touches of a purple like Cancan by Nars, and in the event you're feeling uber-daring take inspiration from the models at Derek Lam's spring catwalk show and team orange shadows with purple and light blues.

As rainbow eyes are by definition very bright, using shadow cover for the whole of the eye might not be the best way of bringing in the look. Good contouring and a good eyeshadow base will let you blend in without having to make too big a statement with the colours you use.

The soothing L'Oreal De-Crease Eye Shadow Base and Trish McEvoy's Eye Base Essentials should both go a long way toward muting the overall effect and concealing a fair few sins along the way.

With such dramatic eyes the rest of the look should be kept as neutral and as natural as possible. Nude, soft lips and soft bases like Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation or Maybelines Superstay Silky Foundation will give a great base for almost any splash of colour to follow.

Just because this look is honest, doesn't mean you have to tell the whole truth!

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